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What Is An Adaptogen?

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What Is An Adaptogen? An adaptogen is a natural substance that helps the body adapt to stress and improve overall well-being. Adaptogens work by helping the body to regulate its stress response, and by modulating the activity of various hormones, enzymes, and immune cells. 

They can help to improve energy, endurance, and mental clarity, as well as reduce feelings of anxiety and fatigue. Adaptogens can also help to improve the body’s ability to resist the negative effects of stress, such as inflammation, infection, and injury.

Adaptogens are typically found in herbs and other plants and have been used for centuries in traditional medicine. Some examples of adaptogens include:

  • Ashwagandha
  • Holy basil (Tulsi)
  • Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng)
  • Schisandra chinensis
  • Rhodiola rosea

It’s important to note that adaptogens are not a cure for a disease or a replacement for medical treatment and that more research is needed to fully understand their effects and proper usage. It’s also important to consult with a healthcare professional before taking adaptogens, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition or are taking medication.


  1. Panossian, A., & Wikman, G. (2010). Evidence-based efficacy of adaptogens in fatigue, and molecular mechanisms related to their stress-protective activity. Current Clinical Pharmacology, 5(3), 198-219.
  2. Panossian, A., & Wikman, G. (2009). Phytomedicines and Adaptogens in the treatment of stress and age-related disorders. Current Opinion in Investigational Drugs, 10(6), 721-732.
  3. Spasov, A. A., Ostrovskij, O. V., Chernikov, M. V., & Wikman, G. (2000). A double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study of the stimulating and adaptogenic effect of Rhodiola rosea SHR-5 extract on the fatigue of students caused by stress during an examination period with a repeated low-dose regimen. Phytomedicine, 7(2), 85-89.

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